22 January 2018


"Thank you Lord for your blessings on me..."🎶


This was the video I was talking about in the last post of the babbling stream running below us :)



"Now I know I'm not wealthy, and these clothes, they're not new;
I don't have much money, but Lord I have you.
And to me that's all that matters, though the world cannot see;
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me!"

But actually today I am wearing new clothes, and by most standards I am wealthy... how easily we take it all for granted. I have a wonderful house with a porch that I can sit on in the mornings... and this morning I'm thankful for the birds chirping and the warmer weather. (Well it felt warm to me until I looked at the temperature and realized it was actually about 35*F) ;)



There's a song in our church hymnal titled "One Thing I Can Do."
All of that is so true, but this morning it just struck me as the "one thing I can do" as being thankful!
Maybe I can't change my emotions right now, but I can sure choose to not focus on them if they are causing me to struggle!



-MarLeahJoy




20 January 2018

I've struggled with wanting to get back on Instagram so badly right now. 

It started out at the beginning of January feeling like my life is so boring. I know it's not true, and I'm sure it has a lot to do with just coming out of the busy holiday season into the cold of winter. 

So I've decided that basically what sharing on Instagram does for me is expressing to other people what makes me happy. I don't do that enough on my blog so here it is.


After coming back from our weekend at Heather's place I was challenged to try to use things that I already have to decorate. 
And I got a quick decor inspiration I got for our bedroom. Yay!!

Before

It's so easy for me to not decorate until I think all the ducks are in a row... Like having the perfect paint on the wall, the right furniture and buying decor. So all our bedroom has had is a framed picture Tyrel had in his old bedroom ;P and a salt lamp that I got for Christmas.

After

The other day at TJ Maxx I found those string globe lights on clearance. :D
Then this morning I cleaned up the corrosion out of the battery compartment for the "&" sign. Yay, it works! I brought an old suitcase down from the attic, painted the frame Tyrel had with gold spray paint, painted a fast little sign... (I'm going to need to make another one, I'm not impressed with my penmanship :P), grabbed a picture from the wedding decor and my engagement watch. And Lastly I switched lamps. You can see the mason jar lamp better in the next picture.



:)


Then during this week -- what made me happy was getting to go to work with Tyrel while he cleared brush... and I got to hike through the beautiful snowy woods by a stream.











I literally felt like I was walking around in Narnia. :)





I walked out across this log and Gimpy wanted to come too... ;) I wish you could hear the stream below us that was babbling! It was such a beautiful sound!



*happy sigh* ☺️


-MarLeahJoy




16 January 2018

January has been a month for family time... Well technically November and December with the holidays was too, but this is a different kind - maybe more relaxed.


Watching my two favorite boys :) while Marty and Alyssa went to town.
Brent wasn't too pleased that I was making him sit for a picture. 😏


Last week we went to VA to join Keith, Shana, and Summer for a little vacation for a few days. On Wednesday we went skiing during the day. Then for the evening, Shana saw there was open volleyball at the recreation center. So much fun! :)








We tried going down the slopes with these masks on ;) 


Then on Saturday, I got to meet up in Ohio with some of my cousins!!


Heifer, Kate, and Meccccia-Chinggg! :D


In Heathers cute home!! It was so sweet of her and Kevin to have us all!


Heather and Adalynn


Adalynn Maurice and her Mommy


Mecia -- the baker, chef, and all around foodie -- making us cookies! :)



Lunch after Sunday service with the whole crew! :)


Next up in January is a wedding in Missouri, which means time with my parents and siblings! :)



15 January 2018

Butchering

It was a freeeeezing cold day to be outside! 
Jake was over and helped the guys kill and skin 3 cows to hang for a week.




Going out to find the second cow to kill...



Lil calfy was watching the whole thing... ;P







Then after a week of hanging inside... I got my first experience cutting up meat. 



They used to process meat here as an ongoing business... so it was cool to see the machines and how they operated. I heard many interesting stories about what went on here, too. :)





Teaching me about the different cuts of steaks. :)


And making hamburger... :)



All-in-all... an awesome experience!
-MarLeahJoy